Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Roving Journeyman, The

Sheet Music (and more information about this song)

I am a rovin' journeyman, I go from town to town,
Whenever I get a job of work I'm willing to sit down
Me kit's all on me shoulder and me graftin' tool in hand
And around the country I will go a rovin' journeyman.
Whenever I come to Glasgow town the girls the jump for joy,
Says one unto the other, "Well, here comes a rovin' boy."
Some treat me to a bottle and the others to a dram.
The toast goes round the table, "Health unto the journeyman"

Chorus:
With me linten adie toorin adie linten adie ay,
Pots and pans and helpin' hands will see you through the day
Linten adie tooral ooral ooral adie ay
Give a penny to the journeyman to help him on his way.

I hadna been in Glasgow town a week but barely three
Before the provost's daughter went and fell in love with me.
She asked me for to dine with her and took me by the hand
And she proudly told her mother that she loved a journeyman
"Ach, away you go, you silly maid, I'll hear you speak no more,
How can you love a journeyman you've never seen before?"
"Mother sweet, I do entreat, I love him all I can,
And around the country I will go to see my journeyman!"

Chorus

You'll hae no more to trudge afoot, you'll hae a horse and pair,
My wealth with thee and poverty contented will I share.
So overflow the flowing bowl and drain it if you can,
Toast the provost's daughter and the rovin' journey man.
I am a rovin' journeyman, I go from town to town,
Whenever I get a job of work I'm willing to sit down
Me kit's all on me shoulder and me graftin' tool in hand
And around the country I will go a rovin' journeyman.

Chorus

History: See also hornpipe#55

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